Berkus in 2010
|Born||Nathan Jay Berkus
September 17, 1971
Orange County, California, United States
|Residence||New York, New York|
|Alma mater||Lake Forest College, (B.A., French and Sociology, 1994)|
|Occupation||Interior decorator, television host|
|Partner(s)||Fernando Bengoechea (d. 2004) |
Nathan Jay "Nate" Berkus (born September 17, 1971) is an American interior designer and former daytime television host. He runs the Chicago interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates and has been a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, offering design advice to viewers. May 25, 2010, was his last day on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His own show, The Nate Berkus Show, debuted in broadcast syndication September 13, 2010. It was co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television and was canceled after its second season ended on May 24, 2012.
Personal life 
Berkus was born in Orange County, California, and grew up mainly in suburban Minneapolis. He is Jewish and openly gay. He attended Cushing Academy, a boarding school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He started working in design immediately after leaving high school and interned at Dominique Aurientis in Paris and Sotheby's in Chicago. Berkus graduated from Lake Forest College near Chicago in 1994 with degrees in French and Sociology. Berkus founded the company, Nate Berkus Associates, in Chicago in 1995.
Berkus is related to the venture capitalist David Berkus, architect Barry Berkus, musician/artist Gunther Berkus, Josh Berkus of Software in the Public Interest, casino manager /author Eric David Berkus, and western states lawyer Matt Berkus. Designer Nancy Golden from HGTV and DIY networks is his mother.
In December 2004 Berkus and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hit. While Berkus survived, Bengoechea is missing and presumed dead. Berkus appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on January 17, 2005, to talk about his ordeal and the loss of his love.
Berkus became engaged on Monday, April 8, 2013, to Jeremiah Brent.
In November 2005 Hyperion Books published Berkus's book Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live into a Place You'll Love (ISBN 1-4013-0137-1), a step-by-step guide to home design and decoration.
Berkus was the host of the short-lived reality show Oprah's Big Give, which premiered March 2, 2008, but the series ended on April 20 that same year. On May 13, 2008, it was announced by ABC that it would not be renewed for a second season.
On September 13, 2010, he debuted as the host of his own syndicated daily show, The Nate Berkus Show, which was co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television. It was recorded at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York, but aired in the nation's largest markets on the ten NBC Owned and Operated stations. In December 2011, Sony Pictures decided not to renew The Nate Berkus Show for a third season.
Nate Berkus is also an executive producer of the 2011 film The Help.
He appeared as himself on the October 12, 2011 and October 13, 2011 episodes of Days of Our Lives, a United States daytime television soap opera, designing the offices of MadWorld Cosmetics for Madison James.
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- Triggs, Charlotte (April 10, 2013). "Nate Berkus Is Engaged to Jeremiah Brent". People.
- "ABC Announces Their 2008-09 Schedule. Who's Been Cancelled?". TV Series Finale. May 13, 2008. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- Official website
- The Nate Berkus Show
- Nate Berkus at the Internet Movie Database
- Nick Berkus' Facebook Page
- Who is Nate Berkus? Your Life, The Boston Globe March 23, 2006
- "Gay designer returns home from tsunami-ravaged region" - article from Advocate.com